JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE-STREET.
CHAPTER I. OTAHEITE
CHAPTER II. THE BREAD-FRUIT
CHAPTER III. THE MUTINY
CHAPTER IV. THE OPEN-BOAT NAVIGATION
CHAPTER V. THE 'PANDORA'
CHAPTER VI. THE COURT-MARTIAL
CHAPTER VII. THE KING'S WARRANT
CHAPTER VIII. THE LAST OF THE MUTINEERS
The Editor of this little volume (for he presumes not to writeAuthor) has been induced to bring into one
connected view what has hitherto appeared only as detached fragments (and some of these not generally
accessible)\u2014the historical narrative of an event which deeply interested the public at the time of its
occurrence, and from which the naval service in particular, in all its ranks, may still draw instructive and
The story in itself is replete with interest. We are taught by The Book of sacred history that the disobedience
of our first parents entailed on our globe of earth a sinful and a suffering race: in our time there has sprung up
from the most abandoned of this sinful family\ue000from pirates, mutineers, and murderers\ue001a little society
which, under the precepts of that sacred volume, is characterized by religion, morality, and innocence. The
discovery of this happy people, as unexpected as it was accidental, and all that regards their condition and
history, partake so much of the romantic as to render the story not ill adapted for an epic poem. Lord Byron,
indeed, has partially treated the subject; but by blending two incongruous stories, and leaving both of them
imperfect, and by mixing up fact with fiction, has been less felicitous than usual; for, beautiful as many
passages in hisIsland are, in a region where every tree, and flower, and fountain breathe poetry, yet as a
whole the poem is feeble and deficient in dramatic effect.
There still remains to us at least one poet, who, if he could be prevailed on to undertake it, would do justice to the story. To his suggestion the publication of the present narrative owes its appearance. But a higher object at present is engaging his attention, which, when completed, judging from that portion already before the public, will have raised a splendid and lasting monument to the name of William Sotheby, in his translation of the
To the kindness of Mrs. Heywood, the relict of the late Captain Peter Heywood, the Editor is indebted for
those beautiful and affectionate letters, written by a beloved sister to her unfortunate brother, while a prisoner
and under sentence of death; as well as for some occasional poetry, which displays an intensity of feeling, a
tenderness of expression, and a high tone of sentiment that do honour to the head and heart of this amiable and
accomplished lady. Those letters also from the brother to his deeply afflicted family will be read with peculiar
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